Question 01: I've noticed the term "Blue Chip Investment" is used when discussing certain vehicles on your website, as well as on other Classic Car related publications...What does it mean?

Tom's Answer: In the car collector world, it means a good investment grade collectible car. Blue chip products are known to weather downturns and be profitable in the face of adverse economic conditions, which helps to contribute to their long record of stable and reliable growth.

Question 02: I have been following the rise of the Jaguar XKEs for the last few years. I do not know much about them. How do you recommend I get started?

 Tom's Answer: We recommend you get a few books to explain the differences in the many series and do some research into what you are thinking you would like to get. Then look online at the reputable forums related to Jaguars, as there are very many forums dedicated to the passionate Jaguar lover. They can provide you with a plethora of history, interesting facts, and helpful hints to keep your Jaguar running and driving well. You can find answers to your questions, and even some schematics and helpful advice when you get stuck on an issue. We highly suggest that you join your local Jaguar club through the JCNA and attend local events, shows and concours’. The people are great, and building friendships based on a common love for the Jaguar hobby is very rewarding and informative.

Question 03: Why are some classic car marques going up in value greater than others?

Tom's Answer: Classic cars have hot and cool spells, and become popular from the media (editorials, printed articles, television car programs, car shows and car clubs.)  This publicity creates a stimulation in the market and thus the interest in certain cars gets the ball rolling.  If the vehicle is part of a limited production that was of a low numbers produced, then the value would be higher on that kind of vehicle than if it was a higher production run vehicle.

Question 04: A friend of mine has a fully restored Series 1 E-Type that was not restored by Classic Showcase, but has quite a number of issues which are preventing him from enjoying his Jaguar...What can he do?

Tom's Answer: These cars are very particular, and often need to be setup for driving after they undergo a restoration. It normally takes about 300 miles or more to sort them out after restoration. You can recommend taking your car to a local experienced Jaguar shop, or you may ship your car to us where it can be evaluated by our master technicians who are well versed in the multitude of functions found in these cars.

Question 05: I was wondering how you determine the value of a classic car when you are trying to buy or sell...

Tom's Answer:
We use "CPI" which is published by Black Book. It is an incredible, informative price guide and reference, and we highly recommend it!

6 Ways To Save An Endangered Classic Car

We've compiled a short list of 6 tips that enthusiasts can take to ensure classic cars are preserved for future generations.

With so many once popular models disappearing from roads in the last decade, many formerly popular models from numerous classic marques now number in the low hundreds, and are continuing to decline. We encourage the classic car community and those new to classic car ownership to help save these cars.

But how can classic car enthusiasts go about buying, owning and saving one of these now rare cars?

1. Buy one of these cars! Many of these cars are relatively affordable in comparison to more exotic classics. There’s a wealth of buying options out there, whether buying locally, at auction, buying privately, online or from a dealer but whatever option you go for buy the best you can afford and check the history file.

2. Join a car club. Car clubs such as the JCNA are a great way to meet like-minded classic car fans, show off your pride and joy and even get discounts on parts and accessories.

3. Store the car correctly. It can’t be ignored, classic cars can be high maintenance and fragile items. However, given correct care and attention they can and should be easy to live with. The best place to leave a car is a dry, airy barn. Wood or brick garages are preferable to pre-cast concrete units, which tend to “sweat” in very cold conditions. One way to avoid the damp problem is to use an inflatable plastic tent, using fans to keep air moving inside.

4. Use marque and model specialists. When sourcing new parts, repairing or restoring a car, servicing and other maintenance try to use marque and model specialists who will be able to give you expert support, particularly on rarer models.

5. Use it. Classic cars are there to be enjoyed so get out and drive it! Seeing these cars out on the road is fantastic way to promote them. Equally if you’re driving it regularly you’re more likely to keep it in a roadworthy state.

6. Insure the car with a reputable Classic Car-centric Insurance company that understands the siginificance and importance of these vehicles.

Upcoming Events

September 24th, 2016

The Historic Idyllwild Inn, 3rd Annual IEJC Jagstravaganza, Idyllwild, CA

As the IEJC celebrates it's 13th year of JCNA Concours, we are cordially inviting you to turn back the clock as we return to mile-high Idyllwild CA for our 3rd Annual IEJC Jagstravaganza, September 23rd-24th, 2016. The Inland Empire Jaguar Club has again secured the Historic Idyllwild Inn.  Please register your vehicle early to avoid any disappointment. Pre-registration closes on September 11, 2016.  Awards in all classes, including display class! This will be a very special weekend; events will include a cocktail reception Friday night, Saturday JCNA Concours and Car Show, and a special awards banquet Saturday night.

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September 25th, 2016

Meals on Wheels 6th Annual English Motors at Fairbrooks, Fallbrook

We look forward to seeing you at the seventh annual event on September 26, 2016 for the tour and September 27, 2016 for the judged show.

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September 25, 2016

Santa Fe Concorso - Santa Fe, New Mexico

The 2016 Concorso is featuring Alfa Romeo! To see these fabulous cars and other worthy makes plan now to attend.

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October 8, 2016

RM Auctions, Hershey, PA

The Hershey meet week is a true enthusiast’s affair, bringing together collectors and hobbyists from far and wide for the largest swap meet in the United States. The historic Hershey Lodge is the setting for RM Sotheby’s annual sale, a feature attraction of the famed AACA Eastern Division Fall Meet.

A mainstay on the global collector car calendar, the Hershey sale is known for its presentation of exceptional Brass and Classic Era motor cars, with a strong emphasis on significant American marques. The event has also successfully presented a number of private collections as headline attractions within the annual catalogue auction. A testament to the incredible quality of the automobiles on offer, RM Sotheby’s posted its strongest Hershey results to date in 2015, with more than $16.3 million in total sales.

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October 9, 2016

British Car Day at the Embarcadero - San Diego

This is primarily a driving event. Depart at 10:00 and enjoy a roughly 1.5 hour drive through the back country of east San Diego County. After leaving the I-15 area there are almost no traffic signals. There are significant hills to climb so older car might want to bring spare coolant.

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October 13-15, 2016

Barrett-Jackson Auctions, Las Vegas

Join us in Las Vegas for the 9th annual auction, October 13-15, 2016, including an all-new event site layout, with 700 cars and much more under one roof.

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October 16-21, 2016

Mountain Mille at the Greenbrier, Great Smokies

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October 28- November 6, 2016

Hilton Head Motoring Festival and Concours

Known best for its white sandy beaches and, what seems like, its infinite number of golf courses, it’s something else that takes center stage on the tranquil barrier island Halloween weekend - world class automobiles. Playing host to some of the country's finest collector automobiles, Hilton Head Island sets a beautiful backdrop with its majestic live oaks and draping Spanish moss.

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November 5, 2016

Auctions America at Hilton Head, SC

Auctions America proudly returns to South Carolina, November 5, for the second installment of its Hilton Head Island sale. The official auction of the Hilton Head Island Motoring Festival and Concours d’Elegance, the boutique afternoon auction will round out Auctions America’s 2016 calendar by lifting the gavel on a handpicked roster of more than 100 collector cars and select automobilia. From American classics to European sports cars, the automobile offering spans the spectrum of the market, shining a spotlight on a broad variety of automotive styling and engineering.

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November 12, 2016

Jaguar Club of Southern AZ Concours D’Elegance

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November 17-19, 2016

Mecum @ Anaheim Convention Center

The company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 27 years, now offering more than 15,000 vehicles per year and averaging more than one auction each month. Established by President Dana Mecum in 1988, Mecum Auctions remains a family-run company headquartered in Walworth, Wis.

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November 20-22, 2016

McCormick’s Auction-Convention Center, Palm Springs, CA

Keith McCormick's relentless dedication to excellence and integrity has produced one of the most prestigious, respected, and successful car auctions in America. The Palm Springs Exotic Car Auctions
are held in November and February each year on the grounds of the Convention Center in beautiful downtown Palm Springs.

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January 6-15, 2017


Mecum Auctions at Kissimmee, Florida

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January 14-22, 2017

Barrett-Jackson Auctions - Scottsdale, AZ

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January 15, 2017

Arizona Concours d’Elegance at the Arizona Biltmore Resort

The Arizona Concours is thrilled to have the spectacular grounds of The Arizona Biltmore serve as the setting for its Concours d’Elegance. Since 1929, The Arizona Biltmore has been a destination of inspiration. Set on 39 acres of gardens, swimming pools and iconic architecture that stirs a city to life, the resort provides a spectacular setting for vintage automobiles, and plays muse to guests’ whims and wishes. Championship golf, a spa and fitness center, multiple restaurants, and a variety of amenities await you. Experience the unrivaled grace of this timeless treasure with a spirited soul.

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January 19-20, 2017

RM Auctions - Phoenix, AZ

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Janaury 19, 2017

Silver Auctions - Scottsdale, AZ

Silver has skillfully established a solid reputation for auctioning affordable collector cars in this January-in-Arizona extravaganza. Silver's auction continues to grow each year because it is filling a much-needed auction alternative. Thousands of buyers and sellers want an auction where they can buy and sell in an arena that they are personally comfortable in. Silver provides that alternative for the greater Phoenix area since 1992. Silver's Fort McDowell auction offers real buyers and sellers, real cars and real deals.

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January 20-21, 2017

Gooding Auctions - Scottsdale, AZ

Arizona is long-known as an ideal winter destination, and each January Scottsdale hosts a thriving automotive marketplace adjacent to the Fashion Square Mall and charming Old Town Scottsdale. Gooding & Company has brought a refined approach to this lively and well-established event, offering stunning vehicles across marques and eras. When our viewing showcase opens on Wednesday of Arizona Auction Week, enthusiasts will be able to enjoy the high-quality assortment of vehicles up for auction and connect with Gooding & Company’s top-notch staff and fellow collectors. Over the past eight years in Scottsdale, Gooding & Company has consistently raised the bar for the collector car year, with records that reset the market. Our exceptional collection often becomes the talk of the town – and beyond.

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January 25-29, 2017

Cavallino Classic Invitational, Palm Beach, FL

The 26th Annual PalmBeach Cavallino Classic will be presented in the beautiful and exotic setting of Palm Beach, Florida on January 25 to 29, 2017. This extraordinary gathering is a multi-day convention
for automotive owners and collectors, with participants and their 400 rare, exotic and classic automobiles attending from the Americas, Europe and Asia. The premier event of the weekend is the Concorso d’Eleganza on the front lawn of the famous Breakers Hotel, on Saturday, January 28. 140 immaculate Ferrari automobiles are judged by leading international experts for elegance and originality, for the important Class Awards and the distinguished Major Cups, along with the prestigious
Cavallino Cup for Best in Show.

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January 26, 2017

Bonham’s Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, Rio Hotel & Casino

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